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Newbery Award Winners

Honoring the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children," these Newbery books include many of the best chapter books available.

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2009 — The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Humor and suspense define this charming coming-of-age tale of the boy named Nobody who lives in a graveyard under the protection and tutelage of ghosts.  Learn more.

2008 — Good Masters!  Sweet Ladies!  Voices From a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
The youth of a Medieval English village, from the local fool to the lord's daughter, share their stories in this collection of monologues.  Learn more.

2007 — The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron 
Facing an uncertain future and anything-but-lucky situation, a girl navigates through her mother's death and its aftermath in a small California town.  Learn more.

2006 — Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Written with a poetic, stream-of-consciousness flavor, this extraordinary coming-of-age story captures the emotions of teenagers who "criss cross" paths over one 1960s summer. Learn more.

2005 — Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Don't miss this poignant novel about a Japanese-American girl who draws strength from her loving family to face prejudice — even when tragedy hits close to home. Learn more.

2004 — The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
This memorable tale of a literary mouse, a driven rat, and a lowly servant girl gives hope to underdogs everywhere. Learn more.

2003 — Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
View medieval life through the eyes of a 13-year-old orphan on a quest for self-identity and justice. Learn more.

2002 — A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Journey to 12th-century Korea to join a boy's quest to pursue artistic dreams. Learn more.

2001 — A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
When 15-year-old Mary moves in with her feisty grandmother in her "hick town," she has no idea what hilarious adventures 1937 will bring. Learn more.

2000 — Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Experience the history and humor of this Depression-era story about a 10 year old who flees his foster home in search of his father. Learn more.

1999 — Holes by Louis Sachar
An unforgettable story-within-a-story about a boy with bad luck and what he does about it. Learn more.

1998 — Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Step into the Oklahoma dustbowl with a stirring prose poem about growing up under impossible circumstances. Learn more.

1997 — The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Four kids whose lives overlap come together with the help of an extraordinary teacher. Learn more.

1996 — The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Step into medieval times with a smart and strong preteen who literally picks herself up off the dung-heap and makes something of her life. Learn more.

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